1-6-12 Free computer lessons at E.D.H. Sr. Center

**** MIKE: I am not sure if this item was submitted after I typed it. Just in case, I am typing it again. FREE COMPUTER LESSONS: Are you ready to learn the basics of using a computer, including internet and e-mail? Volunteer instructors will work with you one on one, for three free lessons at […]

Dry winter has Cal Fire on alert

SACRAMENTO — Tuesday the Department of Water Resources conducted the year’s first snow survey, which has Cal Fire officials concerned about increased fire danger. The lack of precipitation across the state has led to one of the driest winters on record. According to DWR the statewide water content is at 19 percent of normal. Despite the […]

Heard over the back fence: Start the year out by de-junkifying your house

YOUR FELLOW GENIUS:
 John Chapman sent me the “sign” statement: “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay here forever.” — Winnie the Pooh • • • GETTING RID OF ELECTRONICS: 
It’s possible to recycle your own electronics at the Electronic Waste Drop-Off site, located in the […]

1-6-12 Poetry class meets at Main Library

FREE PIZZA: The “Poetry Off-the-Shelves” poetry group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, they are throwing a poetry pizza party from 6 to 7 p.m. in the library. You can enjoy the pizza and afterwards […]

Snow survey finds slim pickings

VADE — This winter’s first snow survey came up mostly empty on an unusually balmy day near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday. Conducted at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey, sank a metal survey pole into the ground. The result: only one-seventh of an inch of water. According to […]

United Health Foundation ranks California No. 24

The 2011 America’s Heath Rankings, released by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, finds that troubling nationwide increases in obesity, diabetes and children in poverty are offsetting improvements in smoking cessation, premature deaths, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths. The report finds that the country’s overall health […]

Camino mill reinvented as RV storage

RVs, boats, trailers and heavy equipment will soon be filling the vacant drying yard and sheds at the lumber mill in Camino. Apple Mill Storage opened Jan. 2 and owner Rick Williams is hoping that it will bring some new life to the little town hard hit by the closing of the mill. The Sierra […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Greenberg: Shooting scenarios argued

According to the prosecution’s latest witness, there exists only one scenario which accurately explains the shooting death of Anthony Dumont. Dumont, 26, was shot at a Somerset residence in 2008 by 40-year-old Morris Greenberg. Greenberg, a retired Bay Area police officer, has pleaded not guilty to the killing. Greenberg’s attorney, Erik Schlueter, previously told jurors that […]

No deaths, only 10 DUIs over holidays

The Placerville CHP office reported an uneventful 2011 holiday season in terms of deaths and fatalities, according to Public Affairs and Community Outreach Officer Daniel Stark from the California Highway Patrol office in Placerville. “We were fortunate that we had no fatalities over Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years,” said Stark when reflecting over the happenings […]

City loses 10 part-timers

The already reduced crew at Placerville City Hall took another hit as a change in Public Employees Retirement law went into effect on Jan.1. A number of  city employees retired in 2010 and some of them chose to return to part-time duties as retired annuitants. According to PERS law, retired annuitants could work up to […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Q&A on aging EID infrastructure

El Dorado Irrigation District Communications Director Mary Lynn Carlton interviews Operations Director Tom McKinney about some of the very important capital projects that the district has undertaken in the last decade to ensure that we provide safe and reliable services for our customers. A previous interview with the director of engineering talked about the canal […]

Message from the EID General Manager: Cost-of-Services Study completed

In the fall of 2011, the El Irrigation District completed an extensive Cost-of-Services Study to review our rates and ensure that costs were fairly allocated for all of our customers. As a result of the study, a model was developed to allocate the district’s operating and debt costs equitably among water, wastewater, recycled water, and […]

Heard over the back fence: Start new year with Helping Hands contribution

DOG WARNING: 
Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is offered: “WARNING! My dachshund thinks he’s a doberman with short legs . . .” • • • HELPING THOSE IN NEED:
 Helping Hands is a program created by EID in coordination with the El Dorado Community Foundation. This program provides financial assistance to EID customers who […]

Couple makes transitions easier

How can a clown inspire a new career? Ask Bob and Roxanne Webster, owners of Caring Transitions in Placerville. The couple recently launched their local business that helps seniors who are moving, downsizing or liquidating their estates — all because of Roxanne’s father, a world-renowned master clown for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Glen […]

Shingle Springs Community Center reopened and ready for action

A one-two punch of snow on the roof and foam on the floor sidelined the aging Shingle Springs Community Center in 2011. Fortunately, generous local contractors stepped up, inspired by a recently retired school principal and an El Dorado Rose, replacing the roof and floor and adding several key modernizations at no cost. On Jan. […]

January 02, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

New safety seat law for children

As of January 1, 2012, California’s new Child Safety Seat Law goes into effect. It requires parents to keep their children properly buckled into a car seat or booster seat in the back seat until the age of eight. This new law does away with the ‘6 years or 60 pounds’ rule for children traveling […]

January 02, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Cupcakes galore coming to Cameron Park

Red velvet, chocolate chip, salted caramel … is your sweet tooth aching yet? Cupcake enthusiasts won’t have to wait much longer for Charene Whorton to unveil her delicious creations at her new shop — Copper Lantern Cupcakes — scheduled to open later this month inside Cameron Park’s Yo’So Yogurt. “This whole area needs some cupcakes,” […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a walk on the wild side with SWR

MAKE UP YOUR MIND:
 Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is available: “I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.” • • • LOCAL WILDLIFE CLASS:
 The Sierra Wildlife Rescue program has scheduled a class titled “Introduction to Local Wildlife” for Jan. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 […]

Sacramento Chef Challenge planned

The Northern California nonprofit InAlliance is selling tickets to the “Sacramento Chef Challenge” at 4 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2012. The well known culinary extravaganza features two live culinary competitions, food sampling, wine and beer tasting, live music and raffle prizes. One hundre percent of the proceeds go to programs that support people with developmental […]

Sequoia sale starts new chapter

A new chapter is unfolding for the elegant Sequoia at the Bee-Bennett House at 643 Bee St. in Placerville. For the last 10 years it has been known as the place to go for dinner, Sunday brunch, comedy nights, salsa dance lessons, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter Brunch, Mother’s Day, a special event and […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 20 Replies

Gov. taps P’ville native as EDD chief

Gov. Brown’s press office announced last week that Pamela Harris, 56, of Placerville has been appointed as the new Director of the California Employment Development Department — EDD. Born and raised in El Dorado County, Harris graduated from El Dorado High School. Her father’s family has been in the county since the 1860s, and Pamela […]

Crab Feed for students to D.C.

A crab feed fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Mother Lode Lions Hall in Placerville. Crab, salad & pasta. No host bar. Door prize, silent auction, raffle and more! Tickets can be purchased at True Value Hardware on Missouri Flat or call 530-748-5838. The goal of the organizers is to defray the […]

EDUHSD contracts call for 1.5% raises

The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees at a recent meeting discussed several proposals from the Faculty Association, the CSEA (California School Employees Association), and the El Dorado Managers Association (EDMA) regarding compensation packages, contract issues, and working conditions. After discussing several topics involving student and educational services, the Board addressed a […]

Greenberg: Attorneys argue over expert witness

An expert reconstruction specialist will be allowed to testify in the murder trial of Morris Greenberg, an El Dorado County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Bob Snook, a retired California Highway Patrol officer and co-founder of reconstruction firm Reichenberg and Snook, was called by prosecutors Wednesday morning for the court to determine whether his testimony […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 5 Replies

Heard over the back fence: Celebrate New Year’s eve with Animal Outreach

TRAIN WRECK MESSAGE:
 John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “My train of thought just derailed.” My train of thought has gone off the tracks, often.   • • •   ANIMAL OUTREACH OPEN HOUSE:
 On New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode has scheduled an open house and tour of their […]

DFG offers wildflower tours of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve

Join Department of Fish and Game naturalists for a tour of North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve near Oroville this spring. Tour leaders and local field experts will point out and discuss the area’s unique geology, beautiful vistas, spectacular wildflower blooms, rare vernal pools and more. North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is open year-round from dawn […]

USPS: No Democrat delay

With the closure of several post offices and plans to shut down over 200 mail-distribution centers across the country in the near future, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has seen much better times in terms of financial and economic stability. This loss has inevitably brought about a decrease in mail services and delivery methods. […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Knotty Pine Lanes all patched up, ready to roll

Knotty Pine Lanes is back in business after a roof collapse devastated the bowling alley last winter. Part owner Judy Dayton said if someone had been injured she probably wouldn’t have reopened at all. “The best blessing we had is that no one got hurt. There were people in the pool room when it happened, […]

County HR changing

County Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly asked for and received approval to restructure her own department while, in a sense, destructuring several other departments. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors gave the nod for her to reorganize the Human Resources Department by creating two new positions, that of HR manager and risk manager. The […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Red Hawk’s tribe loses $30M case

Jurors awarded more than $30 million last week to the former business partner of Red Hawk Casino’s governing tribe. The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians was ordered to pay $30.4 million to Sharp Image Gaming Inc. Thursday after jurors determined the tribe improperly canceled its contract with the gaming machine supplier. In 1999 the […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Channel 2 lists highlights

Channel 2 is lighting up its local holiday program schedule with Monday Night Football featuring Oak Ridge High School season highlights, Holiday Flower arranging with Angie Zimmerman and a new Dee Owens presentation of Immigrant Trail, featuring archaeology on the Johnson Pass. The Gary Campbell production of Once A Marine, featuring American Hero Nick “Gunny” […]

No mail, no money Monday

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Jan. 2 due to New Year’s Day, a national holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. Placerville Police Department offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 30 and on Monday, Jan. 2. The […]

AT&T upgrades in Shingle

AT&T today announced Dec. 21 network upgrades in Shingle Springs designed to provide its customers faster speeds, increased reliability and best-in-class wireless service. AT&T’s network enhancements include adding a new cell site designed to improve coverage and capacity along Highway 50 between North Shingle Road and Greenstone Road. In addition, this year AT&T has added […]

Fire destroys mobile home in Pollock Pines

A mobile home was destroyed by fire Monday morning at the Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park located at 6008 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines. The structure was fully engulfed at the time El Dorado County firefighters arrived. Firefighters were able to contain the fire within 10 minutes. Neighbors confirmed that the persons inside the home […]

Heard over the back fence: 50 bikes! Great job, Rotarians

UNFRIENDLY T-SHIRT:
 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “On Your Mark, GET SET . . . GO AWAY!” • • • BIKES FOR THE KIDS:
 The Cameron Park Rotary Club’s newsletter, “Gear Up,” notes that 50 bicycles, renovated by Folsom State Prison inmates, were distributed to Sierra School and Schnell School. The bikes were given to […]

CHP toy drive helps county families

For one Friday afternoon in late December, the Placerville area California Highway Patrol office was transformed into Santa’s workshop. After several weeks of collecting new and unused toys from donors across El Dorado County, local CHP officers welcomed more than 100 families to the Placerville station on LoHi Way Friday for some holiday cheer. Starting […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Charlie’s Closet Christmas Day on Channel 2

Spencer Reed of Cameron Park’s “Sandline Entertainment” has given SCA-TV2 the exclusive rights to cable-cast the award-winning locally made movie musical “Charlie’s Closet.” Tune in on Christmas Day at 7 p.m. and then again at 10 p.m. There will also be showings during the week prior to New Year’s. Check out the movie trailer. Remember, […]

Delta Stewardship Council stresses over ‘stressors’ in draft EIR

At a recent meeting the members of the Delta Stewardship Council grappled with the issue of “stressors” in the Delta as they move toward formulating a Delta Plan. Keeping in mind their co-equal goals of restoring the ecosystem and providing for a more reliable water supply for the state, and recognizing that the Delta will […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Greenberg murder trial: Crime scene reconstruction expert testifies

The Anthony Dumont and Morris Greenberg case resumed with a testimony from Accident and crime scene reconstructionist Daniel Schumaker Thursday morning  followed by accounts from witness Kenneth Camera, Deputy Todd Crawford, and Barrie Greenberg’s friend Cassidy Thomason in the afternoon. From the trial happenings so far, prosecutors have determined that Morris Greenberg, 40, shot Anthony […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Local author to be featured on Investigation Discovery

Auburn native Joan Merriam, whose nonfiction book “Little Girl Lost: A True Story of Shattered Innocence and Murder,” chronicled the 1983 Auburn murder of Anna Brackett by two young teenage girls, will be featured on a Jan. 1, 2012, segment of “Deadly Women” on the Investigation Discovery channel (part of the Discovery network). In the […]

Celebrity chef to open Market-Cafe in EDH

The latest chapter in the food history of El Dorado Hills is Sacramento celebrity chef Randall Selland’s Market-Café, opening in early January. The upscale deli takes over part of the first floor of Town Center’s long underutilized New Orleans Building, and will seat 100 indoors with another 40 outside. Selland also owns and operates the […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 8 Replies

Phone scam alert

A South Lake Tahoe woman is out $5,000 after succumbing to a new type of phone scam, according to Hans Ute, assistant district attorney with the South Lake Tahoe office. The callers identify themselves as being with the local police department, a sheriff’s department, or federal agencies such as the ATF and FBI or even […]

Heard over the back fence: New Year’s party hosted for kids

PROTECT YOUR HEART: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “FACING YOUR FEARS BUILDS STRENGTH. But Running From Them Makes For A Great Cardio Workout.” • • • CHILDREN’S NEW YEAR’S PARTY:
 All Star Gymnastics and Cheer is sponsoring a dance party and sleepover for youngsters, ages 5 through 14, on Saturday, Dec. 31. Check-in time is […]

Homer’s hobby: He’s really good at bad writing

Placerville resident Greg Homer writes bad fiction for a hobby — on purpose. He said he also writes bad non-fiction as well in his career as a health-care curriculum writer for Kaiser-Permanente, but it’s that bad fiction that may bring him fame. Homer, 59, is the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner in the Science Fiction […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in News | Tagged | 3 Replies

Photographers volunteered at free portrait day

A nice family portrait seems like such an easy thing, but for many people struggling with just making ends meet, it is an impossibility. However, thanks to Matt Molinari, and the efforts of seven local photographers, volunteers and the non-profit, Help-Portrait, 235 persons had their portraits done, many for the very first time, free of charge. Matt […]